Omar Jawdat, MD
Omar Jawdat, MD, is an associate professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
He is the associate program director for Neuromuscular Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In this role, he helps plan the didactic learning schedule for the fellows and actively participates in teaching the fellows at the clinic and bedside, in the electromyography (EMG) lab and neuromuscular pathology conference, and with interactive lectures.
Dr. Jawdat is interested in the research, diagnosis, treatment and management of all neuromuscular conditions, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Myopathy, Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis and Peripheral Neuropathy, among other neuromuscular conditions.
His current research focuses on motor neuron diseases such as ALS, though he participates in a wide variety of federally funded neuromuscular research and industry sponsored studies.
As the director of the ALS Center of Excellence at The University of Kansas Health System, Dr. Jawdat secures yearly grants from the National ALS Association and the Mid America chapter of the ALS Association to support the operation of the ALS multidisciplinary clinic. The center involves multiple subspecialties, including four ALS physicians, an ALS clinic nurse coordinator, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, social work and a local ALS chapter care services specialist. He also coordinates the wide spectrum of disciplines in this clinic with the other ALS physicians.
Dr. Jawdat performs and interprets nerve and muscle biopsies. As part of his practice, he performs and interprets nerve conduction studies and electromyography, intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring and neuromuscular ultrasound.
He completed both his postgraduate neurology specialty training and his postgraduate neuromuscular medicine training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Jawdat is fellowship trained in neuromuscular pathology interpretation.
Certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Jawdat is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Northeast ALS Consortium, Western ALS Group, Muscle Study Group and Peripheral Nerve Society. He sits on the scientific medical advisory boards of the ALS Association and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.
To learn more, visit Dr. Jawdat's University of Kansas Health System bio.